Notes on Safety and Preparation:
Before getting into the details and procedures, let’s look at a few safety considerations. It’s never a bad idea to share this information with family members and teach everyone in your home about how & when to turn off the gas, electricity, and water. It can be as simple as clearly marking where the shut-off valves are, walking family members through the steps, and posting instructions close by for reference if you want to take it a step further.
Whether it be in the event of an emergency or a remodeling project, you may need to shut off the utility service at your home, and possibly in a hurry. Below are some general guidelines for shutting off utility services to your home. In some cases you will need to modify the information to reflect your shut off requirements at your home or as directed by your utility company.
Electrical Shut Off
Step 1: Locate your main electricity circuit box
First you will need to locate your main electricity circuit box. Note: There may be more than one. The main switch can be found in the main electrical panel that houses the breakers or fuses. This panel is usually on an inside wall behind the outside electrical meter, or in the basement below. If your house has fuses, you will find a knife switch handle or pull-out fuse that should be marked "MAIN." If your house has circuit breakers, you may need to open the metal door of the breaker box to reveal the circuit breakers (DO NOT UNSCREW AND REMOVE THE ENTIRE METAL COVER). The main circuit breaker should be clearly marked showing on and off positions. It’s generally a good idea to remove all the small fuses or turn off all the small breakers first, then shut off the "Main." If you have any sub-panels adjacent to the main fuse or breaker panel or in other parts of the house, in an emergency be safe and shut them off too. Shorts can sometimes develop that cause a circuit to bypass the breaker or fuse...
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